Professor Tony Ro completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. While there, he worked with the late Professor Irvin Rock examining the influence of attention on visual perception. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, where he worked with Professor Robert Rafal at the Center for Neuroscience and the VA Medical Center, Martinez examining the neural basis for attention and perception. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University College London, working with the late Professor Jon Driver and Professor Nilli Lavie, he did research on face perception and attention as part of a Human Frontiers Science Program project.
Prior to his appointment at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is currently a Presidential Professor in Psychology and Biology, he was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rice University and a Professor at The City College of New York. His laboratory is investigating the cognitive and neural architecture involved in attention, perception, and action using TMS, EEG, fMRI, and optical imaging in neurologically healthy and impaired individuals.